Quality in Journalism as Seen by Newspeople

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INTRODUCTION – QUALITY JOURNALISM ..................................................... 4
CHANGING QUALITY CRITERIA.............................................................................. 5
DETAILS OF METHODOLOGY.................................................................................. 6

1 – GENERAL COMMENTS ...................................................................................... 8
1.1 JOURNALISTS’ DIFFICULTY IN DISCUSSING THEIR FIELD ...................... 8
1.2 DIVERSE OPINIONS AFFECTED BY MANY VARIABLES .......................... 11
1.3 THE INNOVATOR-TRADITIONALIST AXIS .................................................. 13
1.4 NEWS MEDIA EXECUTIVES ............................................................................. 17
1.5 THE RELATIVE NATURE OF QUALITY: QUALITY THAT
CANNOT BE DIVORCED FROM ITS CONTEXT .................................................. 18

2 – THE KIND OF NEWS THAT ENSURES QUALITY JOURNALISM ........ 23
2.1 NEWS QUALITY AND “HARDNESS”: EQUIVALENT CONCEPTS? ........... 23
2.2 THE END OF HARD NEWS … AND SOFT NEWS .......................................... 24
2.3 NEWS ON PUBLIC INTEREST TOPICS ............................................................ 26
2.4 A MATTER OF PROXIMITY THAT IS NOT GEOGRAPHIC ......................... 28
2.5 SEEKING IMPACT ............................................................................................... 33
2.6 NEWS WITH PUBLIC USEFULNESS ................................................................ 36
2.7 CLARIFYING THE CONCEPT OF PUBLIC INTEREST................................... 37

3 – QUALITY JOURNALISM HAS TO BE INTERESTING .............................. 42
3.1 THE NEED FOR A DEGREE OF ENTERTAINMENT ....................................... 43
3.2 INTERESTING PEOPLE BY TELLING STORIES ............................................. 50
3.3 MAKING IT INTERESTING, BUT NOT TOO INTERESTING ........................ 51
3.4 A FAULT LINE BETWEEN JOURNALISTS AND EXECUTIVES 5
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4 – THE CONCEPT OF VALUE ADDED.............................................................. 55
4.1 GOING BEYOND RAW NEWS 55
4.2 THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING................................ 59
4.3 ANALYZING WITHOUT LAPSING INTO COMMENTARY...........................60
4.4 DIVERSIFICATION OF VIEWPOINTS ............................................................. 63

5 – JOURNALISM IN QUEBEC ............................................................................. 66
5.1 QUALITY JOURNALISM … IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES.............................. 66
5.2 QUALITY JOURNALISM ON THE WHOLE .................................................... 68
5.3 THE PUBLIC’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR QUALITY NEWS............................. 71
5.4 A MATTER OF CONCERN: JOURNALISM’S LOSS OF CREDIBILITY ...... 75
5.5 A FEW WAYS TO IMPROVE QUALITY 77
5.6 JOURNALISTS: A UNIFORM SOCIOPROFESSIONAL GROUP
DIVORCED FROM THE PUBLIC............................................................................. 80

CONCLUSION........................................................................................................... 83

 

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